The Brown County Museum of History is celebrating the 105th anniversary of its completion with the announcement of expanded display facilities to serve an ever-increasing number of visitors.

“In 2007, there were more than 2,200 visitors to the museum, an approximate twofold increases from the previous years,” museum employee Cindy Evans said. “And 2008 is well on the way to being just as good of a year for the museum.”

The building on the Brown County Courthouse Square was completed as a county jail on June 29, 1903, according to museum records, 105 years ago today. And as something of a birthday celebration, the museum announced the donation of 23 display cases from Friedman Jewelers’ store liquidation.

“This year, the museum received a major facelift, and with the financial help of the Early Chamber of Commerce and Charlie and Ginger Gamblin of Brownwood, displays are being improved,” Evans said.

The facelift funded by Brown County Commissioners was completed this spring. The display project began with a $900 donation from the Gamblins, which was matched by the Early Chamber.

“The Brown County Museum would like to thank all those who helped in transporting cases,” Evans said. The Gamblins donated the use of their truck and trailer, as well as labor to move the 23 cases from Granbury to Brownwood. Others who assisted in the move are Victor Marcum, Austin Day, David Cole, Glenn Burdine, Susan Jackson, Evans and individuals from the Texas Youth Commission.

“We have a lot more work to do to get our displays updated with our new acquisitions,” Evans said.

The Brown County Historical Society this month contributed $1,700 to the museum from the proceeds of the sale Pierce Burns’ new book, “A Few Good Horses.” Copies remain available at the museum for $27 each.

Additional donations are still being sought, Evans said, and volunteers are needed to help move old cases out and the new cases into position.

Docents and tour guides are needed, as are picture frames in good condition.

“If you would like to be a part of keeping the history of Brown County alive at this museum, please consider volunteering as a docent,” Evans said. “We would be glad to train you in this rewarding service.”

The museum’s telephone number is (325) 641-1026, and it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.